Some youths in Douala have described their peers who protested today against the outing of the president France as “tools” used by the regime for selfish interest. The youths who gathered in front of the French embassies in Yaounde and Douala denounced statements by President Emmanuel Macron on the socio-political situation in Cameroon. They equally condemned Callibri Callibro for describing the regime as a dictatorial one.
Several Members of government in Cameroon have criticized President Emmanuel Macron’s statement describing it as the decolonization of the West African nation in disguise. Macron who prides himself of having ordered President Paul Biya to release Prof. Maurice Kamto, according to supporters of the regime undermined the sovereignty of Cameroon. The Secretary General of the CPDM party Central Committee, Jean Kuete has reacted to the recent exchange between activist Calibri Calibro and French president, Emmanuel Macron saying the Cameroon people, proud of their independence and will not accept “that the head of a democratically elected state would receive orders from another head of state”.
Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi has condemned the recent outing of activist Calibri Calibro. He made calls “on the patriotism, civility and sense of responsibility of Cameroonians … to protect the interests, image and good repute of Cameroon.”
Activist Calibro Calibri has silenced controversies on his Cameroonian nationality. Speaking via Skype to Equinox Television in Douala Cameroon this Monday, the activist said he is a Cameroonian born in Cameroon as Tiam Abdoulaye, of a Cameroonian mother from the Noun Division of the West region of Cameroon. He says he got married to a Senegalese. Calibro Calibri said he made several attempts to get the attention of the French President to no avail, before that fateful Saturday.
The French ambassador to Cameroon has said the government of Cameroon has not in any way invited his government to assist in looking for solutions to the Anglophone crisis. Ambassador Christophe Guilhou was speaking in Buea at the weekend while donating a generator to active spaces, à High Tech hub in the Silicon Mountain.
Efforts effectively convince the population of Bamenda in particular and the North West as a whole that the military is there to protect and not to harm them are still on. Soldiers today, Monday, February 24th 2020 patrolled Bamenda 3 Municipality urging the population to have confidence in the military. Since the beginning of the crisis, civilians have over time lost trust on state forces who have been involved in extrajudicial killings arbitrary arrests and rights abuses.
The Bishop of the Kumbo Diocese has said separatist fighters are not to blame for the killing of mothers and children in Ngarbuh-Ntumbaw on Valentine’s Day. Speaking to Equinoxe Television in Bamenda, Bishop George Nkouh of Kumbo Diocese cited sources in the affected village who said those who killed their loved ones, were not Ambazonian fighters. The Bishop Nkouh says they have identified and documented 22 persons killed, and the figures are undisputable
The ghost towns in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon characterized by empty streets, markets and road have continued after the Municipal and Legislative elections. Activities remained largely paralyzed in major towns and cities in the Anglophone regions this Monday, February 25th 2020. In Bamenda, Commercial Avenue and the Food Market remained closed.
Four people are said to have been killed by the military in Simonkov-Oku in the North West region. The 3 civilians and one suspected separatist fighter were reportedly killed in an exchange between soldiers and Ambazonian fighters. Houses were equally set on fire.
Health Minister, Manaouda Malachie has debunked rumours of coronavirus cases in Cameroon. “Following rumours of 2 coronavirus cases in Bagante and Douala circulating this morning, a rapid investigation team immediately descended on these 2 cities,” the minister wrote on Twitter, adding that “I reassure people that no case of coronavirus has been detected by Cameroon to date.” Close to 80.000 people have been infected since the disease broke out in Wuhan, China.
France has lost 30% of its investment in Cameroon since 2016 when the Anglophone started. A credible source at the French embassy that refused to be named says French investors are increasingly avoiding investment in the North West, South West and the Far North regions of Cameroon because of insecurity.
Several political parties which filed post-electoral petitions at the Constitutional Council are expressing disappointment. They say the country’s highest jurisdiction is not independent. For the record, eighteen electoral litigations have been rejected already by the Constitutional Council.
An entire family (five in number) has perished in the Mboko neighbourhood of Douala III subdivision after the consumption of corn and bean stew commonly referred to as “cornchalf”. Shortly after eating the food, the father and three of his children fell sick and died before being rushed to the hospital. The Five members of a family include three kids of less than 13-years-old. The mother is critically ill in the hospital. Corpses of deceased victims have been deposited at the Telga district hospital mortuary in Douala while investigation has been opened.
A Journalist has been suspended from the Cameroon Radio and Television CRTV for making a social media comment, seen as Pro Cameroon Opposition leader Maurice Kamto. Reports say Luck Pery Wanji was suspended by CRTV’s director-general for criticizing a TV report aired on Vision 4 television. The TV report done by Vision 4 journalist Ernest Obama, carried a hard criticism on Maurice Kamto and French Emmanuel Macron.
The lifeless bodies of two teenagers have been placed at the Douala Laquintinie hospitals mortuary, after being discovered dead in an abandoned vehicle in Bepanda Douala V. Family members say the kids went missing since Friday, February 21st and were only found death this Monday, February 24th. It remains uncertain what killed them.
The Bamenda UN Chief has left Cameroon days after a press conference on the Ngarbuh massacre. He had granted a press conference in Bamenda where he said: “I think that the situation needs more verification and I believe that a very serious investigation should begin as soon as possible.” While some say the press conference may have played a part in his departure from the country amid threats from government officials, the information has not been confirmed.
Civil society organisations are mounting fresh pressure on the US to impose sanctions on president Paul Biya amid government officials. They are also requesting other civil societies “to file a complaint with the US Treasury Department,” Mimi Mefo Info has learnt.
Lawyers for Lesotho’s prime minister have told a court that he cannot be charged over the murder of his estranged wife because his position makes him immune from prosecution. PM Thomas Thabane’s then-wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead in 2017. The case has now been referred to the High Court. His current wife has already been charged with the murder.
Detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera has been freed seven months after he was arrested. He had been charged with money laundering, tax evasion and leading organised crime. Mr Kabendera’s release comes after he entered into a plea-bargain agreement with the prosecution. CPJ today welcomed the release of Tanzanian freelance journalist Erick Kabendera but expressed concern about the hefty fines levied against him.
A South African court has issued an arrest warrant for firebrand opposition politician Julius Malema after failing to appear on charges of unlawfully firing a weapon at a rally in 2018. But the warrant has been suspended until his next scheduled appearance on 8 May, Eyewitness News reports.
Dozens of HIV-positive women in South Africa have been sterilised without their consent or were pressured to agree just before giving birth, an official inquiry has found. State hospitals had violated the dignity of the women and “forced sterilisation subjects women to inhumane conditions and torture”, the Commission for Gender Equality said, when releasing its findings.
Hosts Cameroon will begin their pursuit of winning their first African Nations Championship (CHAN) on 4 April against Zimbabwe, it has been announced. The fixtures have been finalised, with the Indomitable Lions facing Zimbabwe at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, which is also the venue for the tournament’s final on 25 April.
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